My second endeavor in cooking with goat milk was making homemade yogurt. It was actually amazingly simple. I normally eat plain Greek yogurt with honey or fruit. The kids prefer a thinner yogurt with fruit. They also love smoothies made with yogurt. Most of the recipes note that the yogurt will be a thinner yogurt than what you would typically find in a store unless you thicken it with gelatin or powdered milk, but this one didn’t use either and ended up being plenty thick.
The recipe that I used was from Money Saving Mom.
½ gallon whole milk (I used goat milk)
½ c. plain unflavored yogurt (to be used as the starter)
Pour ½ gallon of milk in Crockpot and cook on low 2 hours and 45 minutes.
Turn Crockpot off and leave set for 3 hours.
Mix ½ cup yogurt starter in a bowl with some of your warm milk until smooth. Add back into Crockpot and stir well. Wrap Crockpot in a beach towel to help regulate how quickly the yogurt cools down. (Yes, this part is important.) Leave yogurt develop for 8-12 hours or overnight.
My yogurt turned out luscious, thick and creamy. I poured half of the yogurt into a colander lined with cheesecloth to let in drain a little more and it came out beautifully.
Unfortunately, there was only one problem; it still tastes like goat milk….not good. This recipe is so simple I can’t image why I have never made my own yogurt before. I am looking forward to trying this recipe again with cow’s milk because I am certain that it will be fantastic!
Score for project Cooking with Goats Milk 1 (we love goat milk)-1(not so much)